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Publication, Part of

General Ophthalmic Services, Workforce statistics, England and Wales - 31 December 2005

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Wales, England
Geographical Granularity:
Date Range:
01 Jan 1995 to 31 Dec 2005


This publication shows the number of optometrists and ophthalmic medical practitioners (OMPs) who held contracts with Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England and Local Health Boards (LHBs) in Wales to carry out NHS sight tests at 31 December 2005.

Key Facts

  • The were nearly 9,000 practitioners in England and Wales at 31 December 2005. This was an increase of less than one per cent on the number registered on the same date in 2004.
  • There were over 25 per cent more practitioners in England and Wales in 2005 than there were in 1995.
  • Around 95 per cent of practitioners (in both England and Wales) were optometrists. The remainder were ophthalmic medical practitioners.
  • In England, nearly 31 per cent of all practitioners (2,592 individuals) were on a PCT contractor list in 2005 with the remainder (5,875) on a supplementary list. However, there were more OMPs on a contractor list (237) than a supplementary list (207).
  • At 31 December 2005, female practitioners accounted for just over 43 per cent of the total number of practitioners in England and Wales (45 per cent of optometrists and 15 per cent of OMPs). The proportion of female practitioners has risen from 37.5 per cent in 1995.
  • There were nearly 6,200 practitioners' premises in England and Wales at the end of 2005. This is very similar to the number recorded at the end of 2004.


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